Into Something Beautiful

Filmmaker Q&A with Director Sean Dimond

Is there a particular documentary film or filmmaker that had a major influence on your career?

Terence Malick


What motivated you to make this film?

To feature the hard work of recovery from incarceration, homelessness, and/or addiction.


Please tell us what camera(s) you shot with primarily – and any other special equipment that you used and why you used it.

Sony FX7


Please tell us about any special styles or techniques that you used during the production of your film to help tell your story.

We used an EyeDirect for every interview


How did your story evolve from day one, to the very last day in post? Is your story what you thought it would be?

The personal transparency of the SquarePeg owners allowed us to feature more of their story


Please describe the most rewarding experience you had while making this film.

The story subjects feeling that we got it right


What advice can you give to other impact filmmakers?

Listen and research deeply. Bring empathy. Take risks. Read good literature.


What’s your favorite part about the filmmaking process and why?

Seeing interview subjects share things they did not expect to.


What’s the one item you always take with you when working out in the field and why?

Headphones and curated playlists of compositional ambient music


Please share a personal story about your experience making this film.

Nothing dramatic comes to mind. We did appreciate how the work relationships at SquarePeg were based on honesty, loyalty, and really being FOR one another.


What do you want audiences to take away from your film?

Inspiration and curiosity


Please list key points that should be covered in a post-screening discussion:

How hard it is for the formerly incarcerated to re-enter society. What really drives recidivism rates. How to recover.



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